Consider Me Unimpressed: Chanel Les Ombre Eye Makeup No.33 in Prelude

I haven’t written about Chanel’s eye quads before and it’s not coincidental. My first purchase was the Quartuor Boutons de Chanel and that one was not only unimpressive, it was disappointing. Colours were sheer and powdery, and translates to nothing on my lids. I decided not to be so skeptical and gave Chanel eye quads another go. The rest of the world get the baked version while the US gets (from what I’ve read) the more pigmented version. Go figure.





I bought this about 2 years back. I decided to get this because it’s a fool proof palette that suits all skin tones. There are 4 shades which mimic light and shadow, and it’s easy to use. There’s a light ivory beige, a light beige taupe, a taupe and a dark greyish brown. They are mostly matte. What I like to do is to use the light beige taupe (bottom left) all over my lids and the taupe (top left) to blend around my eye socket. The darkest colour (bottom right) is used as a liner and the lightest (top right) is to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of my eyes. Easy!

This baked formula is powdery and lacks pigmentation unless you use it wet. I for one, hate using my eye shadows wet. Unlike the Dior monos and the Estee Lauder Gelee eye shadows, this one does harden after it dries. So blah! If you only want to enhance your eye shape with a “is it there or not makeup”, then this is for you. If you love darker makeup and don’t mind using your eye shadows wet, this will work too.


prelude2 swatch


Picture above shows swatches on my bare arm, 3 swipes using my fingers. While I do like this for a barely there more defined eye, the colours are common and easily dupable. I am less than impressed with Chanel’s baked version of eye palettes, and this was my second and last purchase. I am one for more pigment and hassle free makeup. If I need to work it, then it’s not worth it. I accept that baked formulas might be sheerer, but hey, if I don’t like it, then it just means the formula is not for me, hence, no more.

I’d like to see more pigmented versions of eye palettes coming out in Asia, and fingers crossed, that Chanel Holiday 2013¬†Ombres Matelass√©es eye palette has my definition of better quality. Here’s to buttery smooth texture and awesome pigmentation. Cheers!


xoxo Lily